Duty & Commitment

Written by Aytana Leshem, Jivana Yoga Transcriber   “Duty is a commitment without attachment. For instance, all day long a bank teller may be involved with receiving and handing out money. This is his duty. He will not get sad if someone withdraws a large sum of money, nor will he be happy if someone…

Fellow Companions

By Sergio Torres, JIvana Yoga Group, Portugal     I got in touch with Jivana Yoga and these teaching because Sadvidya Associação needed a website, in August 2015. A friend/neighbor/work colleague told me they needed a Webdesigner. I was already doing Yoga asana for 12 years but no meditation or theory background. Was already vegetarian,…

Be Love

Post By Simona Pectas, Portugal Jivana Group The Past is wise. It’s where we embrace our experiences, both good and less good, and learn to forgive, to Love. It’s what develops our growth bringing wisdom. The Present is a gift, for it offers us the opportunity to manifest the soul. The Future is the seed…

Journey

Post by Gonçalo Guerreiro, Jivana Group Portugal       Today is a day to feel good about yourself.  You have everything in life that you need to be happy. What is yet to be obtained will come from the internal change that will create your paradise. Remember that the journey is everything in this process of…

Tambura Lullaby

By Teresa Caetano, Portugal Jivana Group       When preparing for the Jivana retreat I took to listening to the Yoga Sutra chanting in the car on my daily 30 min. drive between home and office. When I started doing this, I was not able to tell one sutra from the next. Now, (I…

What Is Gratitude?

Post By Ana Maria Melo, Portugal Jivana Group   Gratitude is a feeling of being humble towards the blessings the Universe pours upon us everyday. It can be a glorious sunrise, a kiss, an embrace, the love of a cat or dog, a smile from a stranger on the street, recovering from a disease or…

Sintra Magic

    30 km away from Lisbon, between the Tagus River and the Atlantic ocean, resting under a blanket of mist and clouds is the Sintra mountain range. With a solid granite body, cool and moist breath, the mountain of the moon is home to Sadvidya and the Portuguese Jivana Yoga group. A home of…

Setting intention

Post By Malena, Ashland Group This was by far the most powerful exercise. I said my intention in the evening, before my practice. It is no understatement to say I think it has changed my life. I feel so clear to why I practice. I am not sure what to say beyond that. It feels…

The Dance of Willpower

By Laura, Ashland Group “A person with a supportive lifestyle can do various activities throughout the day and develop harmony with the body’s natural rhythms and cycles. … such a lifestyle will fully support a person’s ability to meditate.” Acharya, The Sacred Tradition of Yoga. Over the course of the month, I took an intention…

Back to the Wild

By Ross, Ashland Group Time in the wild is a mainstay source of peace and inspiration. For various reasons, I haven’t backpacked into the wilderness for almost five years. Lately, I have drifted into a modified approach of car camping and day hiking. I’ve not found the same sense of spiritual renewal with this method.…